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Bounds and her partner lived across the street from the World Trade Center; they both wrote for the Wall Street Journal and were getting ready to go to work when the planes struck the towers on 9/11. They made their way to friends uptown, and in the following months, they parked themselves in a variety of temporary accommodations, as their building was uninhabitable. One friend brought them to Guinan's, an old Irish bar in the small, upper Hudson River town of Garrison, N.Y.—and Bounds soon felt at home. She gradually let herself become enmeshed in the Guinan family saga, as well as in the intertwined tales of the regular customers. Before long, "the invisible red velvet rope" lifted, and she was helping out at the bar and setting up shop when the aging owner was hospitalized for diabetes-related surgery, buying a ramshackle home nearby and generally becoming included in the Guinan extended family. Bounds's story isn't flashy or dramatic; it's as low-key as her new, non-Manhattan friends. It modestly reminds us that in this uncertain world, when you come to a place that speaks to you, you should hold it dear and treasure it while it lasts. Photos. Agent, David Black. (July)
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A Metro North commuter line snakes out of New York City along the Hudson River, and one of its stops is a store with an attached tavern. The establishment's sociology is Bounds' topic, one she adopted serendipitously as a result of September 11. The terrorist attacks damaged her apartment and workplace, the Wall Street Journal; she and her partner found what they initially intended to be temporary refuge in the town of Garrison. She eventually moved there permanently, an outgrowth of her increasing familiarity with the tavern's proprietor, Irishman Jim Guinan, his family, and the bar's regulars. Over beers and smokes, their life stories bounce around the bar with the mock-insults of people who've known one another over the 40 years Guinan's been in business. The slower pace appeals to Bounds, and she adjusts to its rhythms, filling in behind the bar as the torch passes from Guinan to his son. Without gauzy romanticism, Bounds captures the warmth of the place and the rootedness it symbolizes. Gilbert Taylor
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My own personal association with Guinan's was relatively short-lived: 1985 to 1989, the years I was between high school and college and spending a lot of time doing local community... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anthony R. Cardno
One of my top 3 favorite books. If friendships, kindness, peacefulness and the simple things in life are what make you happy, you'll love this book.Published 4 months ago by Tank
Gwendolyn Bounds' Little Chapel on the River recounts the author's journey of reflection and discovery after 9/11 and a life-altering - maybe fated - stop for a beer at a hole in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Enrico Pallazzo
Our book club read the book and we all rated it 5. A wonderful read.Published 7 months ago by Mary A. Sharrow
Buying the book again. Nostalgia. Wendy, you had us all fooled, but you caught the people in your soul. Roger and your chimney, that got me...LOL . Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
I loved this story from the first page..So wanted to visit this bar
but sadly it is no longer here..All characters were wonderful... Read more
"Little Chapel on the River" by Gwendolyn Bounds was my 60th read this year, and quite possibly the finest. Read morePublished 23 months ago by BrianB